I refuse to read the old thread to really see what all the fuss is about but yeah...it's old news at this point and everyone is really getting off track of the purpose of the Eden community with it. Old threads that are completed or are not productive could be removed and/or locked and admin should be left to their decisions.
The fact that the community is notified is simply so there aren't 15 threads created asking what happened to so and so. Should it be different - can't say it matters. Running sites is a pain in the ass I know and there's always someone who won't be happy.
Flagging posts shouldn't be abused but are necessary to keep the flow of a forum running smoothly. On my own site I usually respond to every reported post and let the one doing the reporting understand the decision and why but the community as a whole don't need to debate my final decisions. Opinions from the community are always welcome but those destined as trouble makers and haters are not. Doubt Eden peeps are too much different.
The community here seems pretty close so what happens is between many friends here. Makes for personal feelings and emotions to get in the way. Just need to step back and check out the bigger picture.
In ideal situations everyone would follow rules and share good conduct then there would be less issues. Fact is life isn't that simple.